Rooftop Tents

Submitted: Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 14:53
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I am interested in purchasing a rooftop tent.
Can anybody recommend any particular ones or even where i can purchase a second hand one ??
Thanks heaps Wal0204
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Reply By: Mick O - Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 15:28

Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 15:28
Wal, this is a good start.

Roof Top Tents

There are plenty of packages going about at the moment for the tent, the tent awning and a rollout a side awning with mesh. Have a look at Ironman products.

These are all coming out of China these days so the quality and materials are comparable where ever you go. Don't be suckered into paying $1600 at ARB when the same product is well under a grand elsewhere.

If you can get a 2nd hand ARB tent like the Pilbara model that's 5 years old or so, you'll find the material quality much better and more a cotton typre ripstop fabric than a nylon.

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Reply By: Member - John M (NSW) - Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 15:30

Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 15:30
Hi Wal0204

I have had a 3Dog Roof Top Tent for over 4 years and use it extensively.
Have never had a problem with it, never leaks, takes longer to take the cover off than it does to erect.

I would highly recommend and its hand made in Australia. They are located in Byron Bay.

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Reply By: friar - Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 16:00

Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 16:00
Hi Wal0204, if you want the quickest to erect go for the Autohome type fiber glass top & bottom type tent ,not cheap ,less wind drag with them. I have the Columbus , with a Fiamma roll out awning attached on the side of the tent, after having a camper trailer we enjoy the tent much more, less restrictive & quicker to erect, the car is set up with rear roller draws & fridge,stove,table, that all rolls out.Friar.
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Reply By: sweetwill - Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 16:07

Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 16:07
hello walo204.
I did own a Dingo Doza for years and never had a problem with it, we went through some terrible storms and winds, they are Aussie made in vic hope this helps Bill.
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Reply By: vk1dx - Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 16:17

Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 16:17
We have a Hannibal Tourer. Absolutely no complaints. My wife, myself and two grandchildren (head to toe) sleep up there without a problem. Its a king bed in ours. 1.5M x 2.3M. And there is room downstairs in the fully enclosed annex for cooking and/or the porta potti. NOT together though, as it not a good thing. But you could also add two stretchers on the floor for two more kids. Its strong and dead easy to put up and pull down. Takes a few minutes with the annex though. But thats the same with all annexes. It has seen two very strong storms with big winds without a problem. Lots of rain also. Who hasn't lately. And it only weighs 65Kg (I think).

Exe TOO RIGHT! But I believe we got value for money.


Hannibal Tourer roof top tent
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 16:23

Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 16:23
Setup video on youtube:
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Follow Up By: blue one - Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 19:40

Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 19:40
Hannibal gets my vote. Had one for 5 years now though the top end, deserts etc. Great tent, comfortable with room to move.

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Reply By: Member - The old fellow - Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 17:56

Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 17:56
Check out Have had one for about a year and no problems.
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Follow Up By: TrevorMR (WA) - Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 21:00

Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 21:00
Wal, If you are in WA, let me know. I have one of the ARB (made in south Africa) which has only been used on 2 short trips. About 5 years old but as new.
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Reply By: Member - G N (VIC) - Tuesday, Jan 18, 2011 at 19:10

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2011 at 19:10
Hi all

I have heard comments that some are not as easy to pack up as expected, they are fiddly to get all the bits back in to close up????

can any one tell me which ones are the easiest / quickest pack up?

Are they manageble for a femal to put up / down?

I just looked at the Dingo Dozer site and hey look pretty good to me. Do they have any faults?
I am surprised they say they are 50kg when some of the cheap looking ones are 50kg or bit more?
the only part i wonder is the 1/2" floor if its strong enough?
Also how do you go packing it up with the bedding, does it make it more difficult to get it all closed up? and will it still be 10" high?

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Reply By: muddy12 - Thursday, Jan 20, 2011 at 19:35

Thursday, Jan 20, 2011 at 19:35
Hi Wal,

I am looking for one myself.
Just(couple of month ago) returned from a Cape York trip with my mates and he got one from
Experienced massive wind and rain but no problem at all.
My friend was very happy with their service, seems they are local guys from Brisbane.
nice web-page and it would fit my budget

maybe its worth a try for you as well

good luck

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Reply By: Raffael - Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 20:05

Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 20:05
Hi Wal,
I'm actually selling a rooftop tent. I purchased it a bit over a year ago and have used it only once for two nights. It is a 'Uptop campers' tent. It is made in Australia and of ripstop material. The reason for selling it is that I'm moving overseas for up to 6 months and have no storage for it. It comes with a full wrap-around 'tent' that has a zip-up floor and can be used either as an additional room or fit easily a table or chair. It has a door, two windows and comes with flyscreens. You can look at some pictures on 'Gumtree Brisbane', under 'stuff for sale'. If you put 'rooftop tent' into the search you can find it. I'm in Cairns, but will be travelling to Melbourne as I fly out from there. You're welcome to ring me and ask more questions. You can find my phone number on gumtree.
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Reply By: desertsoul - Monday, Jan 31, 2011 at 13:07

Monday, Jan 31, 2011 at 13:07
Hey Wal
Roof tops are great. I actually have a Hannibal fo sale almost new as we bought it in November expecting to just transfer it onto our next vehicle but we ended up buying a Landrover with a Shippshape on top already. Can't use 2 at a time unfortunately. We only used the Hannibal for 3 nights so its practically new and we really liked it but the Shippshape suits the truck better.
It's listed in the Trader section under Campers and Trailers
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Reply By: TokTokie - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 14:17

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011 at 14:17
Hi Wal0204,

I’ve got a six month old Autohome Airtop (medium) that I unfortunately need to sell. Brilliant tent, opens in under a minute, closes in about two. Bedding and ladder can be stored safely inside.

Let me know if you’d like any further details.

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Follow Up By: TokTokie - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2011 at 20:27

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2011 at 20:27
Hi All,

AirTop now on ebay, Click Here, to check it out!

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Reply By: muddy12 - Monday, Feb 21, 2011 at 15:59

Monday, Feb 21, 2011 at 15:59
Hi Wal,

just to let you know that I bought my roof tent last week and returned from my first trip. It was great and incredible comfortable.

I heard good things about the Hanibal tents and checked them out, but the price and the fact that the floor is made out of wood changed my mind.

My final decision was the Explorer Plus from
Hope the link works:

Just tried it for a few days and no complains at all so far.
Very easy and fast to set up and the quality seems great.
I will post another review after my next trip.

Good luck with yours

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